Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), Penang Island

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Explore the topographic and biological variety of Malaysia at Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang), 2,562 hectares (6,330 acres) of protected landscape and wildlife. Head down to the beach to meet the crab-eating macaques living there, and pay a visit to the turtle breeding beach nearby. Spot stork-billed kingfishers around the wetlands, and discover the many species living in the mangroves: with six different types of habitat here, the diversity of animal and plant life is extensive. Once you've seen it from the ground, head up to the canopy walkway to gain a different perspective on the park's abundance. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Penang National Park (Taman Negara Pulau Pinang) by using our Teluk Bahang itinerary maker.
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  • The pathway into the National Park starts out gently, but soon changes to a more strenuous hike through the jungle. It is a beautiful walk, but more challenging than we expected (over un-even steps, t...  more »
  • We hike the trail to monkeys beach, two hours to walk, not too difficult but also not easy. But worth it. The sand is not very white, the water is warm though not very clean, but the experience is wor...  more »
  • Our most enjoyable day in George town. We walked from Teluk Bahang to Kerachut Beach (Turtle beach). Along the trek we saw monkeys, butterflies, moths, toads, birds and lots of ants. The trek thru the...  more »
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  • A nice break from George Town's hustle and bustle. You can take a bus or rent a motobike and take an easy ride up the coastal road to Teluk Bahang. At the edge of town, the entrance to the park is there. There are trails that you can hike that will occupy you for at least half a day. Hike through the jungle and come out to pristine beaches. There is a turtle sanctuary in the park too. If you take the path I took, it will bring you out to a huge cemetery. There are places that you can camp out in for as many days you have on your visa.
  • Note: the canopy walk is still closed at this time (going on 2 years). Put on your trekking shoes and don a daypack. There are some pretty good trails and loops for an afternoon or half day hike. Don't expect to find monkeys on the beach just because of the name; they're wild animals after all. Likewise, expect to stumble upon tree roots and rocks at some stages in your hike. If you want to fork over 40 ringgit, there are water taxis to take you back to the park entrance from Pantai Kerachut and other beaches. Don't forget to sign in to enter the park.
  • A good break from the city scene. Check with the office before you start especially during rainy season as walking tracks may not be safe. A few stalls offering boat rides to the various beaches. There's parking at the right of the park entrance - RM3. Limited spots with shelter. Turtle sanctuary is small with some cute baby turtles and 2 adults- interesting if you haven't seen them before.
  • We had a great hike through the forest. We walked to the Turtle Sanctuary about 1 and 1/2 away. We then got a guy to give us a boat ride back. They try to go with a standard fee of 80 ringgit for the boat back from the turtle beach but they are open to negotiation.
  • Paths could use some maintaining and overpriced boat charters should be cracked down on